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  • Haftarah Parashat Vayehi

    Haftarah Parashat Vayehi December 22, 2018 | 14 Tevet 5779 1 Kings 2:1-12 David’s message to his son Shlomo, the future king, is filled with contradictions. On the one hand, he charges Shlomo to live and rule nobly: “I am going on the way of all the earth. And you must be strong, and be […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Mikkets

    Haftarah Parashat Mikkets Shabbat Rosh Hodesh Shabbat Hanukkah December 8, 2018 | 30 Kislev 5779 Zecharia 2:14-4:7 Hanukkah is known as a holiday which champions the victory of Judaism’s unique particular vision and way of life over the Greeks and their universal vision which sought to eradicate Jewish distinctiveness. The message of the opening prophecy […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Vayeshev

    Haftarah Parashat Vayeshev Shabbat Mevarekhim Hahodesh December 1, 2018 | 23 Kislev 5779 Amos 2:6-3:8 Amos, the earliest of the literary prophets, opens his prophetic message with prophecies concerning the nations along with similar prophecies about Israel and Judea. In chapter 3, his prophetic message changes directions. His earlier “universalism” turns particularistic when he focuses […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Vayishlah

    Haftarah Parashat Vayishlah November 24, 2018 | 16 Kislev 5779 Obadiah 1:1-21 People often ask how Esav came to be characterized as evil. While it is clear that Yaakov and Esav were adversaries, the Torah’s storyline does not leave us with this impression. Only in later biblical and post-biblical literature does this picture emerge. Its […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Vayetse

    Haftarah Parashat Vayetse November 17, 2018 | 9 Kislev 5779 Hosea 12:13-14:10 Hosea’s message, like that of many prophets, vacillates between castigation and encouragement. One might read this as some kind of intentional “good cop / bad cop” act, but it more likely reflects a wrestling within God between the desire to hold Israel accountable […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Toledot

    Haftarah Parashat Toledot November 10, 2018 | 2 Kislev 5779 Malachi 1:1-2:7 The meaning of the identifications found at the beginning of prophetic messages is often unclear to us. Was “Malachi” the name of the prophet or was he simply as the word “malachi” implies – a “divine messenger”? And when it says that God’s […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Hayyei Sarah

    Haftarah Parashat Hayyei Sarah Shabbat Mevarkhim Hahodesh November 3, 2018 | 25 Heshvan 5779 1 Kings 1:1-31 When David reached old age, his household was a hotbed of political and familial intrigue. Following the death of David’s oldest sons, Amnon and Absalom, the next oldest, Adonijah, saw himself as the rightful heir to the throne. It […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Vayera

    Haftarah Parashat Vayera October 27, 2018 | 18 Heshvan 5779 2 Kings 4:1-37 Elijah and Elisha were Israel’s miracle-working prophets. They saved poor widows from the clutches of poverty and when needed even resurrected the dead. This week’s haftarah tells the tale of a wealthy but childless woman in the town of Shunem. Whenever Elisha […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Lekh lekha

    Haftarah Parashat Lekh lekha October 20, 2018 | 11 Heshvan 5779 Isaiah 40:27-41:16 As is well known, the Jewish tradition has different ways of reading a text. Among them are the pshat or plain meaning of the text and drash – the rabbinic interpretive way of reading the text. In this week’s haftarah, we are […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Noah

    Haftarah Parashat Noah October 13, 2018 | 4 Heshvan 5779 Isaiah 54:1-55:5 The story of the flood must have seemed a bit odd to the Israelites and Jews of ancient times. Living in a water-starved country where the possibility of rain only exists for a few months a year, the very thought of a flood […] Continue Reading »